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RELEASE THE SHAME OF ADDICTION by Elaine PawlowskiElaine writes for the Huffington Post and relates her own experience to an issue that tears apart families.  Not only are drug addiction and alcoholism denied a real treatment modality; the stigma of being a victim to addiction is numbing.  View http://www.weareshatterproof.org/ for the work of one organization seeking to confront the negativity in dealing with these real problems.  links by Elaine

Betty Ford Institute: Treatment; Brain Chemistry Clues to Why Some Relapse.  post by Monica.

Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 11.08.31 PMCameron Douglas.  Just another knucklehead drug addict?… or food for the beast?  View:  Michael Douglas slams U.S. prison system & the Huffington Post.    Current numbers projected from 2011 Wiki analysis show 2 1/2 million inmates are incarcerated in America and another 5 million lost in a legal web.  Most accounts indicates  70% of these cases are non-violent drug related crime.  The issue is political. Bill O’Rielly guests   will readily tell you that causal relationship with drug proliferation is a kin to the murder!    How about California’s precious Denise & Greg Cullen who lost a son to drugs and underlying cuases.  Listen to CNN’s  Sanjay Gupta tell you that  a person dies every 19 minutes. America should not use this tragedy to preserve the status quo for judicially and penal based jobs We need to change the lenses in our glasses?  The White-house ONDCP office acknowledges that Addiction is a Disease.  If it were law, it would be a game changer and shock to the medical and Insurance industry.  The entire judicial system will develop a model to re-purpose the same tax dollars to rehabilitate  & actually re-purpose adult addicts within a medical model.  I welcome Michael Douglas to help bring this information forward and thank him for saying it..  Michael Douglas is welcome to a world were fathers and mothers lose kids physically and spiritually to this indiscriminate beast.  We need bright and powerful people to put the message out there, that this is overkill and often unessessary.  Thanks Mr. Douglas for speaking out.  Post by Monica

“…According to National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 3.8 million full-time college students binge drink and/or abuse prescription or illegal drugs and 1.8 million full-time college students meet the medical criteria for substance abuse and dependence.  Do you and your student know and understand the alcohol and drug use policy and treatment facilities available to them in the school that they are attending? Do you know if the state in which they are attending school has a 911 Good Samaritan Law and the legal reading of that law?…”  Please view the rest of this Huffington Post article by Elaine Pawlowski in Back-to-College; Educate your Child to Call 911

 

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